PEORIA, Ill. – The Miami University softball team dropped its first two games of the 2018 season at the Bradley Tournament on Friday. In the season opener against Saint Louis, the RedHawks fell by a 6-0 margin. Miami lost to Bradley in its second game of the day, 6-0.
Saint Louis 6, Miami 0
Miami played both freshman pitchers in the opening game of the year.
Courtney Vierstra started the game with three strikeouts in her first two innings pitched to keep Saint Louis off the scoreboard. The Billikens’ offense broke the tie in the third inning with two singles and two doubles to bring the score to 3-0, despite Vierstra throwing another strikeout. Saint Louis added one more run in the fourth inning on two singles and a walk. Vierstra finished her debut after pitching four innings, earning five strikeouts.
Taylor Rathe came into the game for Vierstra to start the fifth inning, giving up no hits in her first inning pitched. Rathe recorded two strikeouts in the sixth inning to keep the game at 4-0 before giving up a two-run homerun in the top of the seventh to seal the final score at 6-0.
Megan Wurts finished 3-for-4, putting up three singles on the day. Kaitlyn Gliha recorded a single, going 1-for-3 and reaching base a second time on a Saint Louis error. Morgan Lott went 1-for-1, hitting a double in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs in her first collegiate at-bat.
Bradley 8, Miami 0
Vierstra started on the mound for the RedHawks again, pitching for 4.2 innings before being relieved by Rathe.
Vierstra recorded four strikeouts against Bradley, only walking one batter. She held Bradley off the scoreboard for the first three innings before Miami acquired two unearned runs in the fourth to break the tie.
Rathe replaced Vierstra during the fifth inning after a Bradley homerun put Bradley ahead 6-0. Only three of those runs were earned runs by Vierstra.
Rathe got out of the fifth inning without letting Bradley score. Bradley scored two more runs in the sixth to end the game.
The Bradley Tournament continues through Sunday. On Saturday, Miami will face Washington at 10 a.m. and Western Illinois at 12:30 p.m.